News Stories

Friday, April 21, 2017

Family Services of Western Pennsylvania and Wesley Spectrum have announced plans to merge and jointly form Wesley Family Services, a non-profit organization that will increase accessibility to quality, community healthcare services for children, families, and adults living in Western Pennsylvania.

The merger is expected to take effect July 1, 2017 and will allow both organizations to continue to provide their unique services. Upon completion of the merger, Wesley Family Services will become one of the largest providers of behavioral healthcare in the region.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

On June 1st at the Syria Shrine Center in Cheswick, PA, as part of our first-ever All Staff Day, Family Services staff gathered to recognize and to celebrate our many supporters and co-workers who assist and enable us to provide services for children, families and individuals throughout our communities.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Pittsburgh, PA (January 28, 2016) Family Services of Western Pennsylvaania, a leading provider of behavioral health supports and services in western Pennsylvania,  has announced that it will hold an Open House on Friday, February 5th from 11 am to 3 pm at its new office located at 314 S. Water Street in Kittanning, Armstrong County. 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Family Services held its inaugural Dream Again Gala on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel. The evening was a celebration of individuals who met difficult personal challenges in their lives, but persevered to dream again. Byron Pitts, Chief National Correspondent of ABC News and co-host of ABC’s Nightline program and the Gala’s keynote speaker, spoke emotionally about being declared functionality mentally retarded while young and overcoming a stuttering problem to achieve his dream, with the strong support of others, of becoming a journalist.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


The APPRISE Program of Allegheny County is pleased to announce the 2015 schedule of Medicare Open Enrollment Events to help Allegheny County residents with Medicare understand health and prescription insurance coverage options for 2016 so they can make informed decisions.




Monday, August 31, 2015

Pittsburgh, PA (August 31, 2015) Family Services of Western Pennsylvania President and Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Christian-Michaels, today called on the Governor and state legislators to end the state budget impasse quickly before more financial harm is inflicted on the state’s nonprofits. On September 1st, the state will enter its third month without a signed budget. 


Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Family Services of Western Pennsylvania has issued a Request for Proposals for design and installation of interior and exterior building signage.


Friday, June 19, 2015


For Immediate Release      
June 19, 2015
                                                                                                                                              Contact: Chrystal Walsh, Development Manager - Individual and Corporate Giving 412-820-2050 ext. 462, or via email at

ParentWISE to Celebrate 20th Anniversary Ice Cream Blast

Pittsburgh, PA (June 19, 2015) On Saturday, July 18th from Noon until 4 pm at Kirk S. Nevin Arena at Lynch Field in Greensburg, PA, the ParentWISE program of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania will host its 20th Anniversary ParentWISE Ice Cream Blast. All funds raised from this signature fundraiser will be used to support local parents in their efforts to raise safe, healthy children. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for children aged 18 and under.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Stephen Christian-Michaels, President and Chief Executive Officer of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, has been appointed by Ted Dallas, Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Department of Human Services, to the Person Centered Health Home Council, a group assigned the responsibility of making recommendations for the implementation of Health Homes in Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Help Prevent Needless Accidents, Illnesses and Deaths

Dateline (Pittsburgh, PA) Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer. This April during Alcohol Awareness Month, Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, encourages you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of drinking too much.



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

For Immediate Release
January 21, 2015

[Pittsburgh, PA] — Last week, Woodforest National Bank presented the national office of Ways to Work, Inc. with a $50,000 grant to strengthen their partnership and further the important work of improving the lives of credit-challenged families across the country.  [Locally, Woodforest National Bank has supported Family Services of Western Pennsylvania’s Ways to Work efforts with a $5000 grant and has volunteered their staff to teach MoneySmart financial literacy classes to program applicants.]

Monday, December 29, 2014

Pittsburgh, PA (December 29, 2014) With the New Year upon us, the annual opportunity arises to rid ourselves of unhealthy habits and begin life anew. Family Services of Western Pennsylvania recommends that everyone plcae mental health on their priority list in 2015.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pittsburgh, PA - November 26, 2014 --Ways to Work(R), Inc., a Community Development Financial Institution helping credit-challenged families acheive increased self-sufficiency, announced its 2014 Walmart Performance Award winners. Family Services of Western Pennsylvania was recognized as a Premium Program Honorable Mention Award winner for their leadership and excellence in operating the program in their community. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


With a nod to the agency's historical past and his own start in social services, Family Services of Western Pennsylvania's President and CEO, Stephen Christian-Michaels, outlines his vision for the agency.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

On October 9, 2014,  Family Services of Western Pennsylvania was honored by the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association (RCPA) with their 2014 “Exemplary Service to RCPA” Award.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Oct 1, 2014 - Bill McKendree, Lead Counselor for Family Services of Western Pennsylvania's Allegheny County APPRISE Medicare Counseling Services, to discuss the upcoming Medicare open enrollment period.


Friday, August 8, 2014

Family Services of Western Pennsylvania named Stephen Christian-Michaels President and Chief Executive Officer effective  Previously, Mr. Christian-Michaels served Family Services as Chief Operating Officer since 1998.



Monday, August 5, 2013

The Friends of the CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Disabilities (NCBDDD) have scheduled a webinar, "Preparing People with Disabilities for the Health Insurance Marketplaces: What do you know?  What do you need to know?" for Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3 - 4 p.m. EDT. 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Anna is 88 years old and lives with her dog. She needs a little help with grocery shopping and enjoys talking -- she has some great stories to share! ...There are so many seniors like Anna all over Allegheny County who need a little help to stay independent in their homes. Just one hour of your time, once a week or once a month can mean the world to a senior. Many area seniors need friendly, caring volunteers to help with yard work, grocery shopping, providing transportation to a medical appointment, or just a friendly phone call or visit. Open Your Heart to a Senior is committed to helping seniors live safely and independently in their own homes throughout Allegheny County.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Trained Safety for Seniors volunteers with Open Your Heart to a Senior conduct a brief but thorough FREE home safety assessment using a written checklist making recommendations for family members to adjust/remove potential hazards. They install smoke alarms (if needed) and leave seniors with a bag of safety items, like a flashlight and fresh batteries, a bath mat, night light and other helpful items. After the check has been completed seniors qualify for either a free grab bar or an indoor railing installed at no charge. For information, please contact Cathy Pschirer 412-307-0069 at North Hills Community Outreach.